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Shawl collar cardigan is one of the garments in men’s wardrobe that’s appropriate through the year. However fall is maybe the most obvious to wear one. The circular line of the collar nicely frames the face and protects the neck  while the body of the knit keeps the wearer comfortable and warm.

imageLayering with cardigans by Drake’s London.

How to wear a shawl collar cardigan?

In general shawl collar cardigans are easy to combine and can be used not only with jeans or chinos and a sport shirt but as well as a “replacement” for sport coat with grey flannel slacks, dress shirt and a tie. Once again versatility is the key when talking about shawl collar cardigans.  It can stand in when a sport coat would be a little too formal, it’s an easy on-and-off layer for those days when you’re moving between indoors and outdoors, and there are not many body types a shawl collar cardigan would not look good on.

In case looking for a shawl collar cardigan there are however few things to consider. If you are looking something that will work as a jacket / sport coat-replacement, try to find something a slimmer and more fitted. In case you are looking something to wear with your t-shirt and denim, it’s suitable to check for options more slouchy and even a bit oversized.  Also, pay attention to the collar, which should rather be of a substantial size and roll nicely through the collar.

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As Friday was kind of casual for me (no meetings) decided to go with some dark colored denim slacks from Finealta and pair them with the db-blazer from Lardini and white light weight merino wool roll neck from Sand. Most of times I’ve been wearing the blazer with lighter colored trousers but this time wanted a bit darker to bring some contrast to the light colored upper half. Brown double monks by Carmina (via Vaatturiliike Sauma).

So here’s Friday’s fit in details.

Season after season Loro Piana comes up with collections that underlines the ease, elegance and form of Italian style of being dressed-up but still casual and “chic” together with Italian craftsmanship. For the season on hand the collection shows full range of garments combining casual and “cosy” gear together with classic elements and style.

imageThe look book of the season offers multiple ideas of how to combine white or light colored trousers into your fall and winter wardrobe - here together with blue oxford and grey cashmere. The jacket made of lighweight Finnish buckskin - exclusive for Loro Piana.

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Weekend inspiration - casual & cashmere
In case you wear suits, sport coats and other more or less formal garments during the week you might want to go for something more casual when it comes to weekends. And for that there might not be a better combination than denim, suede and a field jacket. 
In terms of field jackets Aspesi has always been one of my favorites. For this season at Mr.Porter there is available a beautiful version of their classic M-65, made of hand-woven pure new wool by Harris Tweed. As the jackets is fully lined in smooth shell and lightly padded with Thermore’s patented insulation - it will keep you warm even when the weather gets colder.
I’ve personally been really satisfied with the quality of Uniqlo’s cashmere sweaters and considering the price I dare to say they are really good value. The off-white color is optimal to balance the shades of brown, green and blue.
Field Jacket: Aspesi Sweater: Uniqlo Shirt: Rose&Born Jeans: A.P.C
Shoes: Alfred Sargent Beanie&Scarf: Berg&Berg 
Weekender: Rose&Born Bracelets: DCI Sweden

Weekend inspiration - casual & cashmere

In case you wear suits, sport coats and other more or less formal garments during the week you might want to go for something more casual when it comes to weekends. And for that there might not be a better combination than denim, suede and a field jacket. 

In terms of field jackets Aspesi has always been one of my favorites. For this season at Mr.Porter there is available a beautiful version of their classic M-65, made of hand-woven pure new wool by Harris Tweed. As the jackets is fully lined in smooth shell and lightly padded with Thermore’s patented insulation - it will keep you warm even when the weather gets colder.

I’ve personally been really satisfied with the quality of Uniqlo’s cashmere sweaters and considering the price I dare to say they are really good value. The off-white color is optimal to balance the shades of brown, green and blue.

Field Jacket: Aspesi Sweater: Uniqlo Shirt: Rose&Born Jeans: A.P.C

Shoes: Alfred Sargent Beanie&Scarf: Berg&Berg 

Weekender: Rose&Born Bracelets: DCI Sweden

As a Thursday throwback taking a look of G.Abo Napoli, a brand I guess many people interested in #menswear have heard but still do not much much about. In June while Pitti Uomo in Florence I paid a visit at their “showroom” together with the guys from Sauma to take a bit closer look of their offerings for the next spring and summer season.

G.Abo is a company run by two cousins - Gianfranco and Giuseppe who in 2006 decided to bring back alive an old family company originally founded by their grandfather. By mixing tradition and fashion with a pretty distinctive Neapolitan house style the company wants to offer well-made garments still featuring a reasonable price tag. For many G.Abo is interesting thanks to bold patterns and interesting fabric choices.

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It seems that fall is now really coming as this morning temperature was around 2°C and yesterday it was windy and drizzling for the whole day. So it’s time to get flannel suits, darker colored sport coats and overcoats out of the closet.

And here are some recent instagram-shots featuring a few looks from days it was still a bit warmer and from this week… For more wiwt- and other pics - check and follow @dresslikea

image                        Massimo Dutti / Uniqlo / Weekday / Bexley

image                  Lardini / Berg&Berg / Herrainpukimo / Cheaney

image                                 Rose&Born / Berg&Berg / Bexley

image      Vaatturiliike Sauma / Schoffa / Berg&Berg / Mismo / Alfred Sargent

image               G.Abo Napoli / Eton of Sweden / Berg&Berg / Cheaney

As the last couple of weekends have just gone by without having time to answer any of the questions I’ve got I decided to shortly do it now. Sorry again for the delay.

Q: Hi Atte, First and most importantly, your blog is great. Secondly, on to the question. How would you rate the quality of Kamakura’s shirts? Is there anything you especially like or dislike about the shirts?

A:

Thanks a lot! First of all I only have one shirt from Kamakura and I’ve paid one visit to their store while I was visiting New York but based on that experience I would dare to say that in general Kamakura is a top choice, especially if you are looking a simple button-down collar shirt with a more modern (slim) fit featuring a reasonable price. The workmanship on the shirts is pretty good, stitching (at least in the one I’ve got) is even & clean, and seams finished well.

I wouldn’t say that there is anything I particularly dislike. As the shirts are “of the rack” the toughest part might be (and was for me) finding the right size. But as Kamakura offers four different cuts (New York, Tokyo, New York Slim, and Tokyo Slim) it is however possible to find just the right one. The New York is a traditional, full-cut shirt whereas the Tokyo is a little trimmer in comparison. The slim versions from both models are darted and hence slimmer still.

On the other hand the best part of the shirts (when talking about the OCBD-shirts) is the special cotton-lined but unfused collar, developed by the founder of Kamakura Yoshio Sadasue. I’m not an expert when it comes to button-down collars but (imo) the one in these shirts is “big” enough and rolls nicely and naturally.

Hope this helps. If you have a chance to visit their store either in New York or in Asia it’s definitely worth going. But if not, Kamakura seem to have opened their E-shop again. Might need to order couple of more shirts myself.

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UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14
A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 
This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.
Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.
More about the collection @tyylit.fi

UNIQLO +J-collection F/W ´14

A few years back Uniqlo presented a line together with designer Jill Sander for the first time. +J collaboration continued for a couple of years bringing up some of the best pieces Uniqlo have ever had in it’s selection. 

This Fall - starting today Uniqlo is bringing back +J. This time there is no new collection but the best pieces of their earlier +J-line are available again - for both men and women - including some down jackets and vests, flannel trousers, wool sweaters and shirts.

Most of the +J pieces are very simple and timeless yet modern. In terms of price-quality ratio this is a collection definitely worth checking out. But be quick as some of the items are already sold out.

More about the collection @tyylit.fi

Starting this week with the second part of short "series" - how to combine casual footwear - including three sets of wearing different kind of loafers, partly in collaboration with French shoemaker Bexley. 

Fall is probably the best season for layering as the weather starts to get a bit colder especially during mornings and evenings but most of days are still warm and sunny. By wearing gilets, scarfs and light weight sweaters or cardigans it’s easy to balance between keeping oneself warm enough and maintaining easy adaptability in case the temperature keeps rising to higher readings. I personally tend to go pretty well into the autumn without socks if possible which makes it even more important to keep my upper body adequately dressed.

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Chukka boots are one of the most versatile shoe types there is for men. A simple shoe that is easily adaptable for different styles and occasions. Chukkas can also be considered as one of the only models one can basically wear throughout the whole year, no matter the weather.

Wrote earlier this week about chukka boots - check the full write-up @tyylit.fi

imageWearing my favorite pair of chukkas from Italian Sutor Mantellassi. 

Different chukka for different use

Depending what you’re after there are a lot of different options to choose from. First there’s soft unlined chukkas like the ones made by Alden that are more robust but so soft and buttery that wears almost like a slipper. The lack of leather lining inside makes the upper more malleable and breathable, making them feel much like a canvas shoe. These kind of chukkas are definitely at their best when paired with denim or more casual chinos and other cotton trousers.

imageUnlined Alden chukka boots made for  Drake’s London. 

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As the introduction text shows A&H is publication dedicated to men’s style, travel, culture - and to all other beautiful things in life. And they are really doing what they do with dedication and devotion from the bottom of their hearts.

Recently I got the honor the be featured at their ”A Gentleman Named”-series which is a concept created to shine light on men we believe are stylish, interesting, and talented in their own unique way.

You can read my thoughts here - thanks a lot Corey, Neil, Ryan & all the other guys!

Pics courtesy of Neil Watson / A&H Magazine and TSBMen.